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Air Commodore in Chief ROC

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, wearing the insignia associated with her role as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Observer Corps.

Air Commodore-in-Chief is a type of honorary air force appointment which originated in the Royal Air Force and now exists in the air forces of various Commonwealth realms. Initially only the British monarch held air commodore-in-chief appointments. However, since the second half of the 20th century, other members of the Commonwealth realms' shared Royal Family have been appointed to such positions.

Air commodore-in-chief appointments do not confer a rank, be it air commodore or otherwise. Air commodore-in-chief appointments are more senior than honorary air commodore appointments. The equivalent naval title of Commodore-in-Chief was introduced in 2006.

Air commodores-in-chiefEdit

Prince Edward, Prince of WalesEdit

Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor), held the following appointments:

United Kingdom United Kingdom

King George VIEdit

King George VI held the following appointments:

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth IIEdit

Queen Elizabeth II held or holds the following appointments:

Australia Australia
Canada Canada
New Zealand New Zealand
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Prince PhilipEdit

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, holds the following appointments:

Canada / Canada Canada
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Prince CharlesEdit

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, holds the following appointments:

Canada Canada
New Zealand New Zealand

ReferencesEdit

  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33831. p. 3582. 31 May 1932. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1950/1950%20-%201255.html
  3. http://www.aircadets.org/acohist.html
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38077. p. 4469. 19 September 1947. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 40140. p. 2051. 11 April 1950. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 40140. p. 2051. 6 April 1954. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39864. p. 2995. 26 May 1953. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  8. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1957/1957%20-%200419.html
  9. http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/personalprofiles/theprinceofwales/atwork/supportingthequeen/specialrelationshipsandregiments/

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